25 June 2014
Source: Radio Australia
Interviewer: Brian Abbott
Interviewee: Phil McCabe, Chairman, Kiwis Against Seabed Mining
New Zealand's Environmental Protection Authority has torpedoed a proposal for the first seabed mining venture off the coast of Taranaki. Trans Tasman Resources had proposed mining for iron ore 22 kilometres off the coast.
But the EPA said no, citing concerns about the potential environmental effects and the effects of existing fishing and Kiwi interests. The decision raises questions about whether proposed sea bed mining projects across the Pacific could go ahead without causing environmental damage.
Phil McCabe, chairman of KASM - Kiwis Against Seabed Mining, says the Taranaki project would have had a severe ecological impact.